Ladies and gentlemen, the gaming business is just fine. You wouldn't know it from the declining figures posted by The NPD Group time and again, but as some suspected, gamers have grown stingy with their spending because they're waiting on next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. One need only look at the mad dash consumers made to Amazon
in the wake of the Xbox One
and PlayStation 4
being offered up for pre-order.
According to a press release Amazon's been emailing the media, the Amazon Video Games store had its biggest pre-order week of all time thanks to the launch of the aforementioned consoles. At the "peak of demand" a week ago, Amazon was processing more than 2,500 Xbox One and PS4 consoles per minute.
"The E3 week pre-orders of the two wildly-anticipated gaming consoles brought a year-over-year increase in orders of more than 4,000 percent, compared to consoles ordered during E3 week last year," Amazon said. "Day one pre-orders for the two consoles was nearly two times that of all video games sales on black Friday last year."
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, underscoring just how much demand there is for these new consoles. Of course, the Wii U posted some strong numbers at first as well, but it wasn't breaking records the way these two are. At present, the Xbox One and PS4 remain the top two selling items in Amazon Video Games, with the Xbox One having leapfrogged
its rival after Microsoft reversed course
on its DRM policy. So much for this generation of consoles being doomed to failure.
Are you planning to pre-order or otherwise purchase a next generation console? If so, which one?